• Kieran Nolan

The Age: Families in limbo over suspension of school entry exams

Hendersons Educational Services said its young customers prepare for entrance exams offered by schools ranging from Balwyn High, Huntingtower School, University High, Penleigh and Essendon Grammar, and Scotch College.

A 2018 study by the University of Melbourne found students who attended selective-entry schools achieved ATARs that were up to just two points higher, on average, than similar students elsewhere.

Australian students are ambitious relative to global peers. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s survey of 15-year-olds, called PISA, showed students from Australia and the US were more likely to want top grades, to be the best at whatever they do and to want to select from among the best opportunities upon graduation than participants in Finland, Japan and Korea.

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